Novak Djokovic was seen boarding a plane shortly after the court verdict on Sunday
The Serbian said he was "extremely disappointed" with the verdict but added that he would “respect” the ruling and “cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.”
The judges responsible for sending Djokovic home at the court hearing have said they will state their reasons at a later date.
Djokovic’s fellow Serbian Matic – the experienced Manchester United midfielder – has now posted a message of strong support on his Instagram account.
Djokovic has been at the centre of controversies – including being at a PR event with children after allegedly testing positive
Matic shared a picture of Djokovic lifting the title before tagging the tennis star with the message: “Your glory and their shame will live forever.”
It is not the first time that Matic has gone on record to state his support of controversial actions from Djokovic.
In June 2020, Matic shared a letter of support for the tennis star after his controversial Adria Tour in Serbia and Croatia – when both players and supporters did not adhere to social distancing rules despite the Covid pandemic.
United midfielder Matic has posted a message of support to his compatriot Djokovic
Djokovic later apologised for his role in the tournament, but Matic wrote that he had nothing to apologise for.
The former Chelsea midfielder said: “I see that in the last few days, there has been a campaign against Novak Djokovic for organizing a tournament in Belgrade, although according to the laws of the state of Serbia, everything was in order and it was organized at a high level.
“Despite that, the mice have come out of their holes giving themselves the right to criticize the world number one, both in terms of tennis, but also in his attitude toward all the people in the world.
“However, I’m not worried. Very soon the cat (read, Nole) will be on the court, and the mice back in the hole.
“The tournament was great and I hope it will become traditional, because our tennis deserves it.
“The only thing I hold against Novak that he apologized to the mice who criticize him for no reason.
“No, Nole. They will be apologizing to you – soon.”
Djokovic has been tennis No. 1 for a record total of 355 weeks, and has finished as ATP Year-End No. 1 on a record seven occasions.